The Ethics of Care
Kathy Sanford and Tim Hopper Troubling Schooling: Child to Child in the Ethics of Connection and Caring in Institutional Education 21
Kathy Sanford and Tim Hopper Troubling Schooling: Child to Child in the Ethics of Connection and Caring in Institutional Education In 2003, we developed a Children’s Global Arts project (Hopper 2005; Sanford and Hopper 2006) called Learning and the World We Want; the intent was to enable children from Canada to connect with children from other parts of the world through their own artwork. Children were asked to depict artistically the world they wanted to live in, and their art- work was shared across borders with other children in Canada, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As you can imagine, the drawings were vastly dif ferent from one country to another; children learned about each other through the images and visual stories they shared across borders and boundaries. As the project grew, we shared some of the artwork with children in other Canadian cities. On one occasion, we brought a number of original pieces of art to an elementary school, and laid them out all over the tables in the school library. Groups of children were brought into the library to view the artwork and discuss what they saw with guidance from their teachers. One young boy saw a picture of a tank and soldiers with guns shooting at people, including depictions of women and children running away. ‘Ahh, cool,’ was his response, ‘Look at that guy with a bayonet stuck in him! Look at the blood! It’s like Rambo.’ Some of the pieces of art had been labelled by the original...
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